Actress, director, producer and writer Jackie Taylor founded the Black Ensemble Theatre (BE) in 1976 in order to counter the pervasive negative imagery of Blacks by promoting diverse aspects of Black life.  Since 2011, the Black Ensemble Theater has been housed within its first permanent home, the newly-constructed, $20 million Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center at 4450 N. Clark Street!

Located in the bustling of bustling Uptown neighborhood of Chicago, the mission of BE, as per its website, is to “eradicate racism and its damaging effects upon our society through the utilization of theater arts.  BE is the only theater in the nation whose mission is to eradicate racism.  We utilize theater and educational outreach programs to bring races together in a community which embraces similarities and fosters dialogue, understanding and acceptance.”